Montreal sure does love its outdoor staircases. You know what I'm talking about, those sidewalk to elevated-front-door steps (either in straight or the ever-dangerous spiral variety) that are attached to nearly every apartment and duplex in the city. Unmatched in popularity elsewhere in Canada, Montreal's outdoor staircases are a cultural icon.
No one is really sure why the city adopted the outdoor staircase (some say it was a French/Scottish cultural custom, others simply say building codes), but no matter the origin, outdoor staircases are a thing in Montreal. In honour of the steep steps that look cool and are a safety hazard in the winter, here are some choice photos of Montreal's iconic outdoor staircases.